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FIV And Cat Health Care

An untreatable cat health care problem, the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is not uncommon because there is not presently a vaccine available, despite the best efforts of researchers and vets. This very serious cat health care problem is passed from one cat to another cat by biting because it is present in the saliva, so it is especially common amongst male cats that have not been castrated because they are more inclined to fight.

Similar to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), FIV works by attacking and destroying the cat’s white blood cells. This endangers the cat’s health because it is these white blood cells which are responsible for fighting off infections. As a result, cats which have been infected by the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus are more susceptible to developing infections which are more likely to lead to further complications.

All cat owners should be as vigilant as possible about their pet’s cat health care, so it is wise to look out for the symptoms of FIV. Common symptoms include sneezing, the presence of discharge around the eyes or nose, raised temperature, diarrhoea, anaemia, infections of the skin, reduced appetite, swelling of the lymph glands and gum disease known as gingivitis. Because cats can look outwardly healthy for many years whilst infected with the virus, many owners fail to realise the extent of the cat health care problem they’re dealing with.

There is not yet a treatment available for the virus but cat health care professionals are able to prescribe antibiotics to treat secondary infections to improve the cat’s quality of life. Because there is not yet a vaccine for the virus either, avoidance cannot be guaranteed, but avoiding cats mixing and fighting does help. Ensuring that your cat has been castrated is also a good idea because castrated cats are less inclined to fight with others.

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on May 13, 2010

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